George Humphreys, director of the Muhlenberg County Campus of Madisonville Community
College (MCC), is retiring October 1 from the position he assumed in March 2004.
According to Humphreys, who followed Harold Morris as the first campus director,
it has been a privilege to have served in this position and to have been part of the
development of this educational facility. The people of Muhlenberg County made the
campus a reality through their fundraising efforts and donations from individuals
throughout the county who believed that the higher education presence here would enrich
the future of its young people for decades to come.
There were many highlights during his tenure including the Iris Givens gift to fund
the School Counts! scholarships for high school graduates, numerous generous gifts
to the campus capped by the naming gift from the Shaver family, and doubling of the
number of courses taught each semester. Private support and that from the Felix
E. Martin, Jr. Foundation have made it possible for the Muhlenberg County Campus to
upgrade its technology at a time when public dollars have been tough to come by.
The Muhlenberg County Campus is recognized throughout the college as a student-centered
campus. He credits the support of MCC President Dr. Judith Rhoads and the MCC leadership
team, the campus staff and faculty, and especially the many talented Muhlenberg County
retired teachers who taught there for this success.
I hope that this is just a beginning, he says. The strong likelihood that a new
health science technology program will mark a new chapter for the campus and will
add to the foundation that has been built.
Humphreys counts the expansion of the MCC dual credit program as one of his proudest
accomplishments in the region. The Pathways to College Program, says Humphreys,
has grown from its modest start when it offered college credit for career and technical
education classes offered at four secondary schools to a much more balanced program
with hundreds of students also taking basic general education college classes in six
high schools in the region served by MCC. Many students who were uncertain about
whether they were prepared for college found success in the dual credit program and
used it as a springboard for completing their college programs and going on to their
Dr. Humphreys has been a vital part of our work in the entire college service area.
His dedication to the advancement of postsecondary education is evident in the growth
of our Muhlenberg Campus. It has become an important part of this community and has
contributed strongly to the economic development efforts of community leaders. His
presence and leadership will be missed, shared MCC Chief Academic Officer Dr. Deborah
Mr. Humphreys plans to remain in Muhlenberg County. After more than 30 years in
Oklahoma where I retired as Legislative Research Director for the Oklahoma House of
Representatives, my wife, Rebecca Neathamer who is from Drakesboro, and I planned
to retire to the home that her grandparents built. He plans to complete a political
history of the western Kentucky region for the University Press of Kentucky. We
will also be very busy attending Muhlenberg County High School marching band contests
and attending plays in support of grandniece Hope Mohon.